Mortuaries Mull Dissolving Bodies as Burial, Cremation Alternative

Posted on May 23, 2008 

Mortuaries Mull Dissolving Bodies as Burial, Cremation Alternative

Since they first walked the planet, humans have either buried or burned their dead. Now a new option is generating interest — dissolving bodies in lye and flushing the brownish, syrupy residue down the drain.

The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that are similar to pressure cookers.

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